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MSNBC
Feb 16, 2011 3:00am EST
president obama released his budget, he held a press conference to defend it, and issued his first veto threat to the republican house. >> what weighs ten pounds and pleases nobody. >> not good to get a head line on the first day. >> president obama is back to a campaign message on budget cutting. >> we have to be careful. again, let's use a scalpel, not a machete. >> called a budget cut, not a budget massage. >> he is playing a delicate game. >> the government's credit card is on fire. >> where the president cuts with a scalpel republicans are cranking up the chain saw. >> house republicans prepare to offer their deep spending cuts. >> president obama effectively punting it. >> republicans will not punt. everything is on the table. >> the republicans accuse the president of punting and then to punt back. >> the gop is saying that the president punted on this. >> republicans have punted for the past year on all these issues. >> it is going to get boring. >> why are republicans already saying they won't compromise, the tea party won't let them, even if it costs jobs. >> the federal gover
MSNBC
Feb 1, 2011 8:00pm EST
president obama is doing the right thing in protecting the people of egypt on their desired road to democracy. that's "hardball" now. thanks for being with us. the last word with lawrence o'donnell starts now. >>> on the first day of black history month, president obama finds himself in the middle of struggles for rights. the right to democracy in egypt and the right to health care here at home. >> i believe health care is a right and not a privilege. >> that's wrong. it's unconstitutional. >> a judge ruling the health care reform unconstitutional. it's about rights. >> states have rights. >> he wrote quote, the act, like a defectively watch needs to be resigned. >> buying stuff can be regulated. but, if i am not buying anything, how can you regulate me for not doing anything? >> republicans are calling it proof that the law is massive overreach. the requirement, this bill falls. what about other mandates? is it against the law to be required to have automobile insurance? >> the president did not want to return to last year's fights. we'll have the supreme court decision on healt
MSNBC
Feb 9, 2011 2:00am EST
.com, thank you so much. tonight in our phone call survey i asked should president obama and congress raise taxes to balance the budget? 77% of you said yes. 23% of you said no. that's "the ed show." i'm ed schultz. thanks for watching tonight here in our new time slot. >>> right versus far right. let's play hardball. >> good evening, i'm chris matthews in boston. leading off tonight, fight on the right. for the first time in decades we're looking at a real split in the conservative movement. this time over foreign policy. on one side, bill crystal, support the democracy movement in egypt, see the gop as freedom party. tea party, beck and palin were pushing conspiracy theories involving collaboration by the two president bushes and president obama or all three in fact in a muslim world order. this weird fight is our gripping top story tonight. next, donald rumsfeld, former defense secretary has been promoting a book in which he says, contrary to the facts, it was president bush who first pushed fighting the war in iraq after 9/11 when it was, yes, mr. rumsfeld yourself, sir. plus you want t
MSNBC
Feb 8, 2011 5:00am EST
reform. the obama administration puts the brakes on calls for a swift leadership change in egypt. >>> texas tragedy. drug violence along the border with mexico claims the lives of at least two u.s. high school students. >>> and handbag heroin. >>> good morning, i'm lynn berry. those stories and more are strad aheat. this is "first look" on mb. >>> we begin this morning with compromise in cairo. the united states is reconsidering a push for swift reform in egypt calling for a slower pace to progress, easing the call for a transition of power and president hosni mubarak to step down. whether egyptian protesters in cairo accept a timetable slow down remains to be seen. nbc's tracie potts joins us with the latest on this. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, everyone. the u.s. is starting to wonder whether mubarak's immediate resignation is such a good idea. according to the country's constitution, that would trigger an election in 60 days and given what's going on, there are questions whether they could organize free and fair elections in such a short period of time. but the gov
MSNBC
Feb 14, 2011 5:30am EST
it. >>> getting more republican reaction to the obama administration's handling of the egyptian crisis. speaker john boehner said the white house dealt with ton rest as best it could. >> egypt's been a strong ally 0 the united states for 30 years and this is clearly a very complex situation. but when people are crying out for freedom, when they're crying out for democracy, i think our country has a responsibility to listen. >> and do you think president obama did it efficiently, effectively? >> i think they have handled a difficult situation about as well as it could be handled. >> senator john mccain said the united states should have anticipated what happened in egypt. >> we should have seen this coming when the egyptian government failed to move forward with a process of demott riization. >> some of the harshest criticism of former governor of minnesota pawlenty hoping to run against president obama in 2012 slamming the administration for a quote nearly incoherent response. >> what should president obama have said to the protesters? what would you have done with the first ins
CSPAN
Feb 19, 2011 11:00pm EST
by saying a few things about president obama and his the engagement strategy because his readiness to talk to the end of me was one of the most distinguishing features of his presidential campaign and reset with russia and trying to negotiate and trying to reach out to syria is unusual foreign policy. i want to offer some thoughts on how the average has gone and where it is likely to head in the months ahead. for starters coming in trying to answer the question when and why, i went back through history to find as many cases as i could wear longstanding rivals found their way to peace. the earliest case and look at is the foundation of switzerland where what is today the alpine region region, along and a maze of each other what became a swiss confederation, i look at the formation of a iroquois a confederacy which was born in 1450 in a small town that still exist today when the five iroquois a tribes came together they were killing each other literally for centuries from 14531777 of the single iroquois tribe died in battle with another iroquois. 1853 as system that preserve peace among the
MSNBC
Jan 31, 2011 11:00pm EST
finally tonight, earlier in the text survey, i asked should president obama withdraw u.s. support from the government? results are in. 76% said yes and 24% said no. this is the ed show. we will see you tomorrow night >> i do believe we will transition to mean change. >> peaceful transition to real democracy. >> the white house watches egypt, a new crisis breaks out at home. >> breaking news in the efforts to repeal president obama's health care law. >> a federal judge just declared a key part of president obama's health care overhaul unconstitutional. >> the judge cited and sued to overturn the law and cannot force people to buy health insurance. >> the up rising is just the latest test for the obama white house. >> some people who are looking at this through a political lens. >> everyone's egypt talking points sound bipartisan. >> we have a responsibility to respond. >> it's not up to us to give the egyptians advice about this. >> it's not who retains power, but how are we going to respond? >> politics can break out at any moment. >> the worst possible example is what happened to jimm
MSNBC
Jan 31, 2011 10:00pm EST
. so what should the change president barack obama be doing for the protesters in egypt? my commentary on that coming up. and oil money trumps national security. exhibit a? the coke brothers. the battle against energy independence courtesy of the corporateists. and the line that connects the hate speech of rush limbaugh to the racist threats made against a california state senator. now there are new threats. and finally, calls to do something about it. but first, let's get the latest on the uprising in egypt from the senior producer for democracy now joining us tonight via phone from cairo, egypt. shareef good to have you with us tonight. i think what americans really want to know, is there any way mubarak is going to be able to survive this? >> well, today tens of thousands of protesters gathered in tahrir square in the third day of de defiance of a military curfew and are calling on the ouster of the mubarak regime. the demands have not changed since the uprising began one week ago on january 25th. they are calling for the removal of this political order that has repressed them, kept
MSNBC
Feb 8, 2011 5:00pm EST
theories involving collaboration by the two president bushes and president obama or all three in fact in a muslim world order. this weird fight is our gripping top story tonight. next, donald rumsfeld, former defense secretary has been promoteing a book in which he says, contrary to the facts, it was president bush who first pushed fighting the war in iraq after 9/11 when it was, yes, mr. rumsfeld yourself, sir. plus you want to know what's behind the sudden pressure to get jeb bush to run for president? hopelessness, less to do with bush himself than the republican field of next turners out there and second raters that pose a weak challenge to president obama next year. also, who would have thought the challenge to the health care bill would come from senate democrats. the moderates and some may have more to say about killing, the key individual mandate in the bill than all the republicans put together. let me finish tonight with that big announcement in philly today that the country is going to actually build, really build, a fast national train system. let's start with the conserva
MSNBC
Feb 7, 2011 6:00am EST
and author of "the violence of peace" america's wars in the age of obama, steven carter here to talk about the super bowl this morning. >> willie, what happened, man? >> it was a good game. >> the super bowls have all been good for the last six, seven years. the bears/colts one kind of stunk. packers jump out to a 21-3, looked like you could go to bed at halftime. >> did i. >> then they cut the score to four. they couldn't quite finish off the comeback. incredible run for the packers. they had to fight to get into the playoffs. they won on the road to philly, atlanta, chicago and now beating the steelers. aaron rodgers was named mvp. remember he was drafted to be brett favre's backup, stepping out of favre's long shadow and winning the most valuable player trophy last night. >> mark halperin, try to weigh this for me if you will. >> please. >> as we watch the super bowl highlights, what you think had more impact on the sporting world yesterday, the steelers losing the super bowl to this gutsy team or liverpool beating chelsea? >> a draw. >> it's a draw. >> no doubt about it. >> you saw the
FOX News
Feb 23, 2011 9:00pm EST
abandoned their jobs. >> elections have retribution, consequences. when our country elected obama president, the republicans didn't run out of the country and start complaining. our state turned red in november. if the democrats want to see something different, they needki rally their wagons and come back and get back into power and they can change things. >> our showing support for what their constituents want. collective bargaining and union busting is not a way to solve a budget. >> is it union busting when you say that i don't want to fire a single worker? isn't that being pro-worker? [ talking over each other ] >> our district -- >> we won, you lost when he came in. i'm sorry, we are in the majority right now. i'm a republican. walker is a republican. so is the assembly and senate. the senators need to come back and do their job. mark miller is my senator, sadly he needs to man-up, all of them need to man-up and do their job. they need their paychecks taken from them. they have no reason to be out there. [ applause ] unions as was the first president of the afl-cio. both made a distinc
CBS
Feb 11, 2011 4:00am PST
carthy in egypt for us. thank you, terry. >>> president obama issued a critical and blunt statement following mubarak's latest defiant stand. now, clearly impatient, mr. obama said the universal rights of the egyptian people must be respected. quote, the egyptian people have been told that there was a transition of authority. the president said, but it is not clear yet that this transition is immediate, meaningful, or sufficient. ines ferre is in washington with more on this. good morning, ines. >> reporter: good morning, betty. and president obama held a late-night meeting at the white house with his national security team. they're scrambling right now, after being caught off guard by the latest turn of events. the white house was as surprised as anyone president mubarak did not step down. in a statement last night, president obama criticized the egyptian leader for not offering his people the reforms they demand. it is the responsibility of the government to speak clearly to the egyptian people and the word, it read. the egyptian government must put forward a credible, concrete and unequivo
CSPAN
Feb 27, 2011 7:00am EST
obama is at the white house most of this week. he is in miami on friday. in new york, the un secretary general congratulating the secretary -- security council in taking a united stand against libya. slapping sanctions on the libyaan leader, his family, and assisted. the white house is urging the leader to leave as soon as possible. in wisconsin, the budget battle continues. good morning for this sunday, february 27. if you could advise the president to sit down with one person, who would that be? 202-737-0001 our line for republicans and 202-737-0002 for democrats and if you are an independent, the number to call is 202-628-0205. a look at some of the headlines from outside washington. in madison, wisconsin, saturday's gathering the largest so far as 70,000 demonstrated against the budget cuts. the headline is -- the anatomy of a protest. meanwhile, from the pittsburgh post gazette, obama urges gadhafi to quit. many believe the changes could herald a new dawn of a new epoch after centuries of humiliation in the arab world. the "chicago tribune", rahm emanuel prepares to take over as t
MSNBC
Feb 4, 2011 5:30am EST
. that comes as u.s. officials say talks are under way between the obama administration and top egyptian officials about the possible, immediate resignation of mubarak. according to the officials, the white house has decided that mubarak must go now and be replaced by a transitional government. although there are a number of possible scenarios, the preferred option would be a coalition led by the country's newly appointed vice president omar suleiman, which would include military leaders in all elements of the opposition, including the muslim brotherhood. in a statement yesterday, the white house said vice president joe biden stressed to his egyptian counterpart that the egyptian government is responsible for ensuring that peaceful demonstrations don't lead to violence and intimidation. but in his first interview since the unrest began, mubarak remained defiant, telling abc news, "i am fed up. after 62 years in public life, i've had enough. i want to go, but if i resign today, there will be chaos. i told obama, you don't understand the egyptian culture and what would happen if i step dow
MSNBC
Feb 11, 2011 3:00pm EST
things. >> mike viqueira, at the white house. we are awaiting for president obama to speak to us. mike, stand by. want to go to chapman bell on the ground for us in cairo. it's after 10:00 at night there. the streets there, in tahrir square, are completely jam packed with people there. celebrating this news. when you have the chance to talk to them what do they talk about as the hope, the future, that they now have for themselves and their families? >> well, thomas, first and foremost, they are so elated tonight. they're so happy that they talk about freedom. they talk about democracy. they talk about the unity that they created here in egypt to accomplish their goal of ousting president hosni mubarak. they claim that the people were able to do this. however, there have been a few people, a gentleman i spoke to earlier who i had spoken to last night as well, told me he was happy but another par of him full of fear. the other half, because they don't know what's next. there's a lot to come. but i think at the moment they are focusing on the now. they have accomplished one other individu
PBS
Feb 15, 2011 5:30pm PST
. president obama made the case today for his 2012 budget, and called on both parties to prepare for tough decisions about social security, medicare and medicaid. >> ifill: and i'm gwen ifill. on the newshour tonight, on capitol hill, republicans called for slashing this year's spending. david chalian walks us through the politics of today's debate. >> woodruff: and we talk to freshman senator and tea party leader rand paul, who says neither party is going far enough. >> i don't think we're on a path towards balancing the budget. we're not a path towards reducing the debt. we're on a path towards exploding the debt on both sides, democrat and republican. >> ifill: then, we look at the ripple effect from egypt's uprising, as protesters take to the streets in bahrain and yemen. >> woodruff: jeffrey brown zeroes in on the moves by the government of iran to crack down on demonstrators. >> ifill: betty ann bowser tells the story of a colorado clinic helping diabetes patients stave off the devastating consequences of the disease. >> we're winning the war because we see less long-term complicatio
FOX News
Feb 9, 2011 9:00pm EST
: are president obama's election -- ever chances slipping away? sarah palin is here. >> the root lies in the existence of this extremist ideology. >> sean: british prime minister makes surprising statements about muslims and multi-cull turpl. . mark stein says maybe he has a point . >> >> sean: the vice president is at it again, this time with a 53 million dollar boondoggle on his hands. >> conditions are worse with this administration. >> sean: not everyone in hollywood is happy with obama. my old buddy ed asner rips into the president on the radio. hannity starts right now. welcome to this wednesday edition. in a moment i will be joined by governor palin. we begin with new caned s of president obama's reelection chances in 2012 are dwindling. according to a cnn poll a majority of the americans expect the president to lose his reelection bid. only 46% believe he will win a second term. those numbers could be the result of the growing opposition on the president's handling of the economy. his approval rating dropped to a new low only 27% approve of his handling of this monstrous defic
MSNBC
Feb 2, 2011 2:00am EST
with mubarak's half sometimes. just a few minutes ago president obama said he spoke with mubarak. let's listen. >> what is clear and what i indicated tonight to president mubarak is my belief that an orderly transition must be meaningful, it must be peaceful, and it must begin now. >> that's what he said on television. earlier today president obama effectively pulled american support. telling mubarak he can't hold power until september. >>> we have the story covered from all the bases in cairo, washington and here in new york. plus the charge of judicial activism, conservatives go hoarse be criticizing activist judges. that's what they call liberals. they can't get enough of the ruling of the health care law. from a judge appointed by reagan. we'll dig into that hot story. we begin with nbc news correspondent, ron allen. i guess i'm trying to figure this out. did we tell mubarak he has to leave now, next week, two months from now? what was our message through frank wisner, the old egyptian hand yesterday? >> reporter: it's unclear to me too, chris. i think there was a message that was pretty f
MSNBC
Feb 14, 2011 6:00am EST
czar for the obama administration steven rattner joins us this morning. we had a busy weekend, steve and i. >> yes, you and steve were jet setting -- >> yes. my husband and i took the kids to see "spider-man." it was squarery. if they tighten it, lit be a hit. it was oversensitizing. didn't i walk into the party trembling? >> what made me tremble was watching "meet the press" and congressman schilling, he seems like a nice guy. >> exceedingly nice. >> very nice family man. >> great story, great small business owner. here is the deal, mika. if i'm looking for a doctor and i know i've got cancer, a tumor the size of a grapefruit. >> that's bad. >> i go to the doctor. i have this grapefruit-sized tumor. and we talk. he says, yeah, i'll take it out. then i'll give you my first check as if it was a fee for services for health care. he says, i don't know whether i'm going to cut on you, but i do notice you've got a little rational over here. let me give you some creams and appointment. it's fairly obvious, we've got a tumor, this country. our condition, it's pretty easily diagnosed. raise
PBS
Feb 15, 2011 3:00pm PST
up today, at the white house and on the floor of the house. president obama called his first formal news conference of the year to address the issue. for the second day in a row, the president spoke up for his new $3.7 trillion budget blueprint for 2012. the plan does not include the sweeping recommendations of his deficit commission. instead, he calls for negotiating "tough choices" with republicans. >> my goal here is to actually solve the problem. it's not to get a... a good headline on the first day. my goal is... is that, a year from now or two years from now, people will look back and say, "you know what? we actually started making progress on this issue." >> woodruff: the obama budget projects a record deficit of more than $1.6 trillion this year. the red ink would top $7 trillion over the next ten years. the plan relies on a partial freeze on domestic programs, some tax increases, and reduced war spending to keep the deficit from being even larger. the president said he feels the pain those measures would cause, but expressed optimism about getting a deal that's good for the
NBC
Feb 13, 2011 6:00pm EST
. >> if you have not planter valentine's day celebration yet, there is still hope. >> president obama will roll out his 2012 budget tomorrow, but the political battle is already underway. republicans say the president is not cutting enough, but they are not just fighting him, they are fighting each other about the bottom line. >> president obama is about to unveil his 2012 budget, and it would slash one trillion dollars in spending over a decade. >> the budget asked washington to live within its means, while at the same time investing in our future. >> republicans say investing is just code for spending more, and they will not do it. >> this is not winning the future, this is spending the future. next president is calling for cuts in programs ranging from the forestry service to low- income heating assistance. even cuts to community organizers like he used to be. >> the notion that we can do this painlessly, it is not possible to do it painlessly. >> the cuts are short of what was suggested. >> this president has been punting. >> while republicans by the president over dexter spending
ABC
Feb 1, 2011 11:35pm EST
day of protest in egypt, president obama had a talk with president mubarak. president obama told the egyptian leader that an orderly transition cannot be prolonged. it must begin now. that was after mubarak announced he would not seek re-election. christiane amanpour is on the ground. >> reporter: very few people thought a week ago that president mubarak would offer these con sengss, professions to lift the state of emergency and reform the election law. but is it enough for the people? they can see the end in sight. it's very unclear whether they will let him finish his term. this was the scene on cairo's square after president mubarak announced after 30 years after one-man rule, he was ready to leave office. i never asked to be a dictator, he said, and i will not be dominating myself for a new term for i have served egypt long enough though, the crowd became defiant again when mubarak said he was going stay on for a few more months to ensure law and order, to reform the constitution and the election process. president obama had this to see. >> the people of egypt, the young peo
ABC
Feb 12, 2011 6:00pm EST
this week and hope to find their choice to replace president obama. >> making barack obama a one- term president. >> texas congressman ron paul won the straw poll contest with 36% of the vote. the political action conference was more about picking a candidate. they want the republican party to act boldly restoring -- solving america's problems. >> we need to restore america's hope for the future. off attea party showed the congress come just as they did it on capitol hill on budget cuts, another sign that conservatives are increasingly getting what they want. >> this is a reaction from the country, and they said we want somebody in there to stop this. >> who will lead the gop effort next year to defeat president obama? sarah palin and mike huckabee skipped cpac this year. the republican has officially launch date 2012 campaign -- no republican has officially launched a 2012 campaign. >>> wait until you see the extended outlook, especially the end of the week. the wind has settled down, that is the good news. the wind has diminished greatly. the temperature outside at the airport, 41 de
CSPAN
Feb 11, 2011 12:00pm EST
barack obama and his liberal agenda. now, that being said there's a couple of things that are not being discussed additionally disturbing because they are not being addressed. that first and foremost is the immigration and its inextricable ties to cripple activity and fundamental islamic extremism. and they are tied. now, i promise i will be short. look, as americans where entity generations that came before us and you know this un-american unapologetic appeasement by this president to these fundamentalist islamic groups thinking that they will coddle us and they're going to accept us for what he is saying is a big joke. now, i have a little bit of a message to all these self proclaimed politically correct and practicing peacefully practicing muslims, and, you know, collect my thoughts year. a lot of them, some here in this very same room and maybe backstage, there are sympathizers. they pretty much, they turn a blind eye to what the issue is that if they continue to turn a blind eye to the problem that is fundamentalism, whether they turn a blind eye to the cousin, brother, father, who
CSPAN
Feb 22, 2011 5:00pm EST
will speak to the topics of advice to president obama in 201, look to the cuban missile crisis to what it tells you about presidential leadership in a military crisis. it's an apt topic given this evening president obama is providing or giving his state of the union address which we will broadcast in this room immediately following ambassador greg's remarks tonight, so if you'd like to stay for that, you can. we'll see if president obama takes the advice that the ambassador is willing to offer. he'll speak for about 45 minutes to which after he'll take questions. we'll have microphones to pass around for people to use for question time. pleas join -- please join me in warmly welcoming ambassador donald greg. [applause] >> thank you. [applause] thank you. [applause] well, for somebody from the third century, he looks very good. [laughter] you completely blew my cover, and i have to say a little bit more about my career as gregory donald in tom clancey's book. in my first visit to north korea in 2002, i was asked three questions by the north koreans. the first was why is george w. bush s
MSNBC
Feb 9, 2011 5:00am EST
of the top stories making news this morning. the obama administration has suspended some high-level contacts with pakistan and may downgrade the status of an upcoming meeting. they may pressure pakistan to release an american diplomat who's been detained since he killed two pakistanis last month. washington says he shot them in self-defense as they tried to rob him at gunpoint. >>> michelle obama says president obama has given up his smoking habit. later she'll be on the "today" show marking the first anniversary of her campaign to end child obesity. >>> this is dramatic video inside a bus showing the terrifying moments when the packed vehicle collided with a truck. 18 people were hurt in the crash, but officials say it's just incredible no one was killed. >>> and a new poll weighs in. what super power americans would love to have. topping the list are time travel, mind reading, flying came in third followed by the about to teleport and be investable. no jeddi hand trick. >>> the dow opens at 12,233 after gaining 71 points. the s&p inched up 5 points and the nasdaq gained 13. in tokyo the ni
MSNBC
Feb 11, 2011 5:00am EST
but to push back harder. today will be a volatile one. back to you. >> back here at home, president obama reacted to the shift of the shift of some powers. in a statement, the president questioned whether the latest concession is a meaningful sign of reform. tracie potts is in washington with more on that. good morning. >> lynn, good morning. that speech was a huge disappointment here in the united states, as well. in fact, initially president obama was hopeful that he would step down and answer the call of these protesters, addressing the u.s. before mubarak's speech, president obama said that we were witnessing history unfold, that this was a moment of transformation, and that america would support an orderly and genuine transition in egypt. but that is not what happened. mubarak handed over power to his vice president, but said that he would stay on until september. after that speech, president obama issued a statement, a pretty lengthy one, saying that this was not a clear transition that is immediate, meaningful or significant, that egypt had not yet seized the opportunity for what h
MSNBC
Feb 14, 2011 5:00am EST
elections. >>> budget showdown. president obama proposes a plan to slash the deficit but republicans say it's not enough. and grammy gold. who were the big winners on recording city's biggest night? those stories and more are straight ahead. good morning, everyone. i'm lynn berry and this is "first look" on msnbc. >>> we begin this morning with a new path in egypt. following weeks of protest that brought down the reign of the now former president hosni mubarak, egyptians are looking to the future with a cautious optimi optimism. egypt's military is in control and made sweeping changes so far welcomed by prodemocracy protesters. military leaders have imposed marshal law, dissolved the parliament and suspended the constitution saying it will be in charge only until elections are held which could take place as soon as six months from now. meanwhile, normalcy is starting to move to cairo. they began to tear down tents in the square despite resistance of protesters who want to stay. >>> lawmakers are shifting their focus to a showdown over president obama's proposed 2012 budget. the president de
MSNBC
Feb 17, 2011 5:00pm EST
strange. the latest from karl rove that the white house, barack obama, is engineering the birther stuff because it makes republicans look silly. it's obama's fault. excuse me, karl, it's republicans who mess with the birthers. we begin with what has become a huge national story. the wild sensation in wisconsin centered in madison. for a second straight day, schoolteachers and other employees have called in six or done some other job action. all of the democratic state senators in the legislature have blocked passage of the bill by apparently splitting from the state they're out of the state. the scene in wisconsin looks to be a long awaited confrontation between republican state houses in the power of democratic leaning public employee unions. let's turn to michael bolten. a union director for the steel workers. thank you. michael bolten, sir, thank you for joining us. if you have to explain this to somebody from norway or not out there, what's this about? >> this is a so-called budget repair bill has nothing to do with repairing the budget. has nothing to do with creating 250,000 jobs.
NBC
Feb 11, 2011 6:00pm EST
president omar suleiman. but by the morning, mubarak had left cairo. >>> today president obama said we are all watching history take place. he praised the people of egypt for changing their country by nonviolent means. behind the scenes, officials are hoping the government that emerging in egypt will be one with which we can work. kristen dahlgren reports. >> reporter: it was another stunning announcement. hosni mubarak has decided to step down from presidency. egypt's power passed to the military. as crowds in cairo erupted in euphoria, president obama praised the start of transition and promised support for the egyptian people. >> this is not the end of egypt's transition. it's a beginning. i'm sure there will be difficult days ahead and many questions remain unanswered. but i am confident that the people of egypt can find the answers. >> reporter: those answers could have wide-ranging impact. >> there's no doubt that the united states is going to be as keenly interested as the people of egypt as to who their next prime minister and who their next president is going to be. >> reporte
CNN
Feb 7, 2011 11:00am EST
this hour, president obama reaches out to the nation's business leaders with a speech at the u.s. chamber of commerce. now, they are some of the most influential players in washington, and they're going to be there. carol costello is here with more. this is a group that raised a lot of money for the republicans, helped them win the house majority here and he's sitting down and speaking before them. obviously, he's trying to mend fences here. >> yes, the president is about to speak before the u.s. chamber of commerce, a powerful pro business lobby. it's kind of a kiss and makeup kind of thing. president obama called ceo types fat cats and accused the chamber of funneling money from overseas to support republican candidates. today to the chagrin of union types, president obama seems to be embracing big business. the president's new chief of staff is former j.p. morgan chase guy, and the chairman of the council on jobs is jeff. iimldt. he will tell them it's their members's responsibility to hire workers and pay decent wages, although that is not happening yet. the unemployment rate is 9%, a
ABC
Feb 11, 2011 4:00am PST
out. go out. >> reporter: president obama issued a written statement saying, we urge the egyptian government to move swiftly to explain the changes. and to spell out in clear and unambiguous language the step-by-step process that will lead to democracy. and that white house statement did not mention president mubarak by name. it continued, though, saying the egyptian people made it clear there's no going back to the way things were. vinita and rob? >> emily schmidt in washington this morning. thank you. >>> after yesterday's developments what is happening on the ground right now? aaron katersky joins us live from cairo. aaron, what are you seeing? >> reporter: good morning. we're on the road to the part of cairo where the presidential palace is located. where president mubarak has been under heavy guard with members of his family, where they heard the speech that enraged people here. on the way, we're seeing empty streets. people are praying at friday prayers. but there's been calls for 21 egyptians to come to the streets. and we're waiting to see how the army responds to the prot
ABC
Feb 16, 2011 4:00am PST
. bahrain is a key, u.s. ally and home to the navy's 5th fleet. >>> president obama and congressional republicans are lining up for a collision over spending, with a government shutdown looming in just over two weeks now. in the house yesterday, republicans advanced a $61 billion spending plan that would finance the government through september. president obama, though, threatened to veto, just hours after calling for some budgetary cooperation. >> this is a matter of everybodr having a serious conversation about where we want to go. and then, ultimately, getting in that boat at the same time, so it doesn't tip over. >> i've been inviting the president to have that conversation since he took office two years ago. through thbill moving through the house should be done by friday. but its future is anything but certain in the democratically-controlled senate. >>> well, your household budget could be facing cutbacks, too. prices for everything, from sugar to shoes, could be on the rise. and the reasons begin thousands of miles away. emily schmidt is now joining us from washington with mor
ABC
Feb 8, 2011 4:00am PST
now, president obama is challenging the nation's businesses to get in the game, by hiring more workers. it's part of a new white house strategy to improve relations with the nation's business community. emily schmidt has details about the president's first speech to the nation's chamber of commerce. good morning, emily. >> reporter: rob, good morning to you. president obama is telling businesses he wants them to hang out more help wanted signs to help american workers. but critics say, that's one tough sales pitch, in this economic and political climate. with the markets up and unemployment down, president obama says it's time for u.s. businesses to invest in america. >> american companies have nearly $2 trillion sitting on their balance sheets. >> reporter: his audience has also been his frequent critic, the u.s. chamber of commerce. >> if there's a reason that you don't share my confidence, if there's a reason you don't believe this is the time to get off the sidelines, to hire and to invest, i want to know about it. i want to fix it. >> reporter: house speaker john boehner said in a
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